The bane of every writer. For a lot of writers an outline helps, but not all writers can write to an outline and even an outline doesn’t mean you won’t end up dealing with it at some point. As for me, I found that an outline was essential when my first draft of my story (The Jezebel Diaries) hit a wall after I completed Chapter 6. I sat for a month trying to start Chapter 7, but I couldn’t think of a thing. For a whole month!
So, when I started this draft (Mortality, Interrupted), I knew I would have to write an outline to keep my plot from running into a dead-end. I got ten chapters into the outline when I was encouraged (in very strong terms) to quit working on the outline and start writing the story, so that’s what I did. I found that having an outline was very helpful. It enabled me to write with more confidence. I had a sense of certainty about the story. I knew where I was, I knew where the story was going, and I could see where the part i was writing fit in relation to the beginning and the end of the story. My writing really felt like it was clicking. I found, though, as I started to get further into the story, some of the details I was adding moved the story incrementally away from the outline. By the end of Chapter 3 I ended up with a detail that made perfect sense. It made perfect sense and totally fucked up my outline. And now I’m stuck. I’ll get through it, I’m sure. But I just have to find my way. I’m still new at this, but I’ll get there.
Thanks for listening…